Character Design Contest ♯117- Inspired By Music (Again)

Eeyup, we’re doing this one again, because it’s always great fun. The idea, for those of you who don’t remember, or weren’t around last time, is that you create an image to fit a piece of music of your choice. So you could create a serene background scene to fit with a piece of soothing orchestral music or you could create a random colour explosion to some dubstep, the possibilities are limitless. I will be judging the entrants on how well I feel their images portray the music they have chosen, so I must ask that you include a link to a youtube video or sound cloud page where I can listen to the song, not to a page where the song can be downloaded. If you don’t include the song, I can’t judge your piece and it will be disqualified. I don’t care what music you chose, I have a very broad taste in music  and I won’t mark anyone down for their music choice. That being said, I’d rather not have to sit around for 10- 20 minutes just staring at your pic because that’s how long the song is, no matter how good either are, so please try to keep the song choices less than 10 minutes long please.

Anyway, I’ve decided to put a limit off 5 entries per person this week (because if judging each picture takes 5 minutes on average due to song length and we get 12 entries, that’s an hour of judging) and the contest will close at midnight Saturday (blog time). Please read the contest rules before entering, have fun and good luck.

Rules for posts, contests, and challenges that I am hosting: Original characters only, no copyrighted characters, no characters based on copyrighted characters, no characters based on RPG’s or other games. The characters must be your own design and not based on any character that might be copyrighted in any way. I have the right to delete any post that I believe crosses this line without warnings. Only post characters that you have either created for this contest specifically or you know for certain have never been entered to a contest before. If you aren’t certain, don’t enter it, because I’m not going to go back through all of the contests and check.

Character Design Contest ♯116 (Easter Eggs) Poll

Character Design Contest ♯115 (Ranger Danger) Winner

So, we’ve actually got a repeat winner in the fantasy CDC’s now. And it’s surprising to think that before her win a few weeks ago, her last CDC win was in June last year. But anyway, this weeks winner is Candruth for her Shot In the Dark. Congrats Candruth and well done to everyone who entered.

115 Candruth- Shot-in-the-Dark

What a queer sounding place…

 

 

 

Open Critique Day #21

*Note: I’ve been really busy recently, so I will not be able to give critiques. OCD isn’t going down, though, but you guys just won’t see much of me in the comments. I’ll probably be appearing more after April 24th.*

As for how this goes, you post a work of yours, finished or WIP (aka work in process, for those who are new to abbreviations), and then others give you critiques on your work.  I do not mind if you post the occasional non-HM picture or piece of writing. Just make sure that you only post pictures that are your own design and not any that copyrighted or based off of copyrighted characters. 

Also, if you post a work, it is highly recommended that you also give someone else a critique.

Character Of The Week: Ubiquitous Pixel- Guardian Angel

Well, that’s a relief. As you can undoubtedly tell from the title of this weeks post, I’ve actually managed to pick a single picture for this weeks COTW, after two weeks of not being able to choose between multiple pics. Not that there was a deficit of awesomeness at all (just look at the Also Awesome section for proof), it’s just Ubiquitous Pixel has stolen the show this week. And because of that I am also going to put one of his pieces in Also Awesome as well, because it was so hard to chose between the two. Nevia The Archer showcases an incredible pose, one of the most inventive I’ve ever seen done on HM and, as a picture on the whole, it was only bettered by one picture this week. That picture of course being Guardian Angel. This picture is awesome. The shading and highlighting is striking (to put it very lightly), the pose just furthers this. It’s an odd thing, but this picture actually emanates power. It’s kind of intimidating, like he’s about to lay the smack down on someone and I don’t want to be in his way when he does. Even though his face is covered, the way the head is tilted and how the eye is narrowed really gives the mask expression, which in its self is impressive. And do I even need to mention the wings…

Gallery: My Collection of Creative Imagination

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Apologies

I want to apologize for not putting up a new caption contest this week. I just started back to work this past weekend and my days all kind of ran together as I am adjusting to my new schedule and it slipped my mind. I will have the new caption contest up next week instead of this week.

Geek Quiz ♯19: X-Men

Hopefully this weeks quiz will get a bit more attention than last weeks, which had, and I’ll be blunt, a disappointing turn out. Anyway, this week we’re going to be focusing on the X-Men. Good luck, and no using psychic powers to cheat ok.

Oh and btw, next weeks quiz will be something special. All I’ll say is I expect everyone, and I mean everyone, to be able to get at least a 90% score.

As per usual, it’s 10 questions with a total of 20 points to get. The answers will be below a jump from the post whilst on the main blog page, so if you don’t want to be spoiled, take a look at the questions on the blog first. And obviously Don’t Post Answers In The Comments.

1. Which long standing X-men team members (i.e. serving in the team for over 50 issues) debuted in Giant Sized X-Men 1, 1975? (3)

2. Which X-Men member was the first to get their own solo title? (1)

3. Which of these characters isn’t listed as “Slain” on the poster that adorns the cover of the first issue of the Days Of Future Past storyline? (1)

a) Cyclops     b) Nightcrawler     c) Storm     d) Beast

Bonus: What other word is used on the aforementioned poster to describe those X-Men who are not either dead or Wolverine? (1)

4. What was the name of the super-team formed by Iceman and Angel after they left the X-men in 1975? (1)

Bonus: Who were the other members of the team? (3)

5. What name did Alpha Flight’s Guardian take when he first appeared in Uncanny X-Men 109? (1)

6. Who is Cable/ Nathan Summers mother? (1)

7. In which fictional country would you find the Princess Bar, the restaurant co-owned by Wolverine? (1)

8. What is Apocalypse’s real name? (1)

Bonus: Which of these X-Men has never been a member of Apocalyse’s Four Horsemen? (1)

a) Nightcrawler    b) Banshee   c) Gambit    d) Polaris

9. Which of the founding X-men is not also a founding member of the Ultimates universe version of the team? (1)

Bonus: Which non-founding members of the main universe X-men are founding members of the Ultimate X-men? (2)

10. What nationality is Magneto (1)

Bonus: Where did Magneto and Professor X first meet? (1)

Answers below the jump.

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Gallery Grabs: Vectorman316

So, as promised Gallery Grabs has returned after skipping a week. And me being a complete contrarian, actually was planning to cover someone else this week, but changed my mind because it would have been too predictable. So instead I decided to go with Vectorman, who, like CantDraw previously, is one of those ‘machiners whose work is always consistently awesome, but who for some reason doesn’t always get the plaudits afforded to some of his peers. So lets rectify that by taking a stroll through the best of the best of his art.

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Character Design Contest ♯116- Easter Eggs

This week we’ve got an eggs-ellent  contest. What I egg-spect you to do is to create your own awesome Easter Eggs. Now, if you are planning to take a crack at it, I would suggest taking a look at either the egg shape on  the last page of Backgrounds- Shapes or the squashed circle on the second page of Insignia- Shapes. The designs can anything you want, but I only want to see the eggs decorated. No backgrounds, otherwise you’re getting scrambled. And, of course, I eggs-pect nothing but the most eggs-eptional quality from you all.

As per usual, no limits on entries this week and the contest will close at egg-sactly midnight Saturday (blog time). Please read the contest rules before entering, have fun and good luck.

Rules for posts, contests, and challenges that I am hosting: Original characters only, no copyrighted characters, no characters based on copyrighted characters, no characters based on RPG’s or other games. The characters must be your own design and not based on any character that might be copyrighted in any way. I have the right to delete any post that I believe crosses this line without warnings. Only post characters that you have either created for this contest specifically or you know for certain have never been entered to a contest before. If you aren’t certain, don’t enter it, because I’m not going to go back through all of the contests and check.

*Not sorry for any of the egg-based puns included in this post at all.*